Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


December 22, 2013

What is your talent or gift?


- — He didn’t make an engine for me but he knows his daughter. He took wood — not his first pick; there is no grease or oil — and made beautiful bookshelves. They are priceless and nothing could ever replace the love placed in those shelves. There is nothing like the feeling of knowing a loved one created a gift using their talent, time and love. There is nothing wrong with store-bought gifts. But there is something to be said about homemade presents. From bookshelves to Go-Karts to hand-painted ornaments to chocolate chip cookies, we seem to gleefully accept those gifts with smiles and thanks. There are tiny imperfections but they magnify one of the true meanings of Christmas. The idea of giving instead of receiving.

I believe God gives everyone a gift, disguised as a talent or skill that separates us from each other. It is what makes us different, yet come together as a team. We rely on each other’s skills and talents. When those talents are musical, theatrical, whimsical, practical and soulful, we appreciate the gestures and the memories. At Christmastime, use your talent for good, whether it be crafting a special gift, bargain shopping, baking perfect cookies or singing about Jesus’ birth.

Jamie Null is the Lifestyle editor of the Daily Telegraph. Contact her at

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